According to a CBS4 Denver news station investigation, dead voters have been casting ballots in Colorado for years after their deaths. Dozens of individuals have been shown on the voting rolls after becoming deceased.
The local television station found multiple cases during their investigation and is now questioning whether or not anything is being done to prevent future voter fraud.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams reviewed the TV station’s findings and said:
‘We do believe there were several instances of potential vote fraud that occurred. It shows there is the potential for fraud.’
The cases of dead voters casting ballots ranged across the state, from southern Colorado to Denver. The news station found the invalid votes by comparing the database of voting histories against a federal death database.
The CBS4 investigation has resulted in a criminal investigation in El Paso and Jefferson counties by the Secretary of State’s office. Williams admitted:
‘It’s not a perfect system. There are some gaps.’
One of the worst cases of fraudulent voting was that of Sara Sosa. The Colorado Springs resident died on Oct. 14, 2009, but the voting records show that she cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Sara’s husband, Miguel Sosa, died on Sept. 26, 2008, but CBS4 found records that show he cast a ballot in 2009.
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman also responded to the results of the investigation:
‘That’s illegal. I was shocked and surprised at this. This cannot happen. We cannot have this here or anyplace in our country. Our democracy depends on it. People have spilled their blood for the values and underpinnings and beliefs of this country.’
The Sosas remained on the voter rolls and received mail ballots at their home. According to Broerman, they did not meet the criteria to have their names deleted from active voter rolls.
‘Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast.’
CBS4 went to the Sosa home and talked to Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, the couple’s daughter. However, she declined to discuss the fraudulent votes, and her only comment to the reporters was, “Go talk to someone else. I don’t know what that has to do with me.”
Another case under investigation by the news channel was that of Nell Cluck. Cluck died Feb. 1, 2009, but somehow managed to vote in the election nine months later. A spokesperson for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office confirmed to CBS4 that the case was under investigation.
According to Colorado state voting officials, names can only be removed from the voter rolls if they meet precise criteria in the death database. Their names must be spelled exactly right, their date of birth must be correct, and the addresses much match. According to the voting officials, minor errors on the death databases result in voters being left on the rolls for years after they have passed.
The video below details some of the cases found.